I find the ability to smile through a dance difficult since I’m not at all a natural performer. The idea that I have to smile while contorting my body several feet off the ground is near next to impossible. However, I always feel a bit disappointed when I play a video back and I’m very much the second of my two examples. A smile or a look that resembles anything other than frustration can change a performance ten-fold.
Don’t overlook the small stuff. You know you enjoy pole.
So smile. 🙂 (Unless your purpose is to look like a grunting fierce warrior then I stand corrected!)